If you’re wondering how to make sugar cookies from scratch, good news: it’s easier than you might think! You’ll only need a few baking ingredients to get the job done—many of which you probably have on hand already—and some basic tools.
We recommend using 3-inch cookie cutters, but of course you can find the shapes and sizes that suit the occasion—snowflakes for Christmas, eggs for Easter, and hearts for Valentine’s Day. Whenever you bake cookies, however, be sure each batch has cookies that are the same size so they bake evenly.
We also recommend using a rolling pin, simply because it helps spread the dough out evenly and ensures uniform baking. Rolling pins often come in three different materials: wood, plastic, or marble. We prefer a wood rolling pin as it’s sturdy enough to get the job done while allowing flour to stick to the surface, making for easier rolling.
In terms of what sugars to use, it’s recommended that you follow the specific recipe. This is because each sugar affects the texture of cookies differently. Brown sugar, for example, is typically used to make softer sugar cookies. For this recipe we’ll use powdered sugar and then top our cookies off with a bit of granulated sugar for an extra-sweet finish.